Having the right gear is essential for any wilderness trip. With much thought and preparation, the following list of survival tools have been selected to accompany us on our Yukon River trip.

Most of these items can be purchased directly through this website, excluding firearms and a handful of other specialty items. If we cannot supply these items to you, there is a link to available vendors.

More products will be added to this list as the organization of our trip progresses!


The most useful navigation tool on the trip! Neither deep foliage nor steep canyons will faze the rugged Garmin eTrex Vista HCx navigator. Equipped with a high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, the unit locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover.

It is nice to know exactly how far you go each day on the river!

Digital topographic maps for the entire U.S.! What more could you want? This is useful for any trip in any of the 50 states.

The amount of detail of the Yukon River is amazing!

Digital topographic maps for all of Canada! Even though I don’t go to Canada often, it is very easy to get lost, and this topo map set will keep that from happening. See all the villages along the Yukon.

The amount of detail of the Yukon River is amazing!

Never venture far into the wilderness without a compass.

Any compass will do, however, Suunto makes excellent products that will not fail you.

A mariners must have - US, Canadian and International channels, 1,3, or 5 watts, 10 NOAA weather channels, weather alert, instant channel 16/9, submersible, large illuminated LCD display, illuminated function keys, TriWatch, scan, signal strength meter, spring-loaded belt clip, wrist strap, battery and charge contacts, ket lock, 1500mAh NiMH battery and desktop charger included. 12V and 12V charge capability included.

Excellent reception!

Monitors U.S. Emergency All Hazards, and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) weather bulletins, warnings, & forecastsReceives all National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA) reports, which provides all available emergency advisories on tornadoes.

Let your loved ones know where you are...it is the least you can do! The Spot 2 satellite GPS messenger search and rescue beacon allows peace of mind in the direst of situations.

With the touch of a button, you will be rescued!

I have owned this watch for about five years and absolutely love it! The amount of information it gives you is astounding.

Click on the watch to see how it keeps track of more than just the time!